38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching. 40 But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her. – Luke 10:38-42
“When you have lemons…”
You know what, sometimes instead of being focused on making lemonade God wants us to focus on being open to things or ideas we may have never even considered. For example. We can self-prophesy many things to the point of blinding ourselves to the BETTER plan God has in store for us.
I had a very good experience this last week of being so focus on the “plan”, that I was completely ignoring the fact that God was calling “time-out”. We get so caught up in rushing about “doing” stuff. We fail to to stop, look up, and see if what we are rushing to do is still the best course, or if the Captain has called for a course change.
I know there is nothing wrong with being focused, but I try to remember to be conscience of the fact that we need to be solely focused on Christ. In doing so, everything we set our hand to will be for the best. Even if it appears to lead to stormy waters, I can rest in the fact that Christ is guiding the ship and will NEVER lead me astray.
We should strive for diligent excellence in all things, but sometimes our course direction will need some tweaking. We need to be strong, but still pliable and flexible to change. If we are not, we become so ridge that the very first thing that comes along, that is not part of the plan we snap and become completely unglued. If we are so focused on the task, instead of the One providing the instructions, we could all of a sudden look up and find that we are 10 steps ahead or behind because we weren’t actively following along.
My goal is to strive to be an ACTIVE listener, keeping an ear out for substitute plans, instructions and course changes in life. May we all look to the Captain and steer toward the bright and rewarding future He has for us all.
Be Forever Blessed ~